A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

The Great Tile Debate

After multiple trips to Tile Outlet (a great discount tile source if you’re in the Chicago area), additional trips to King of Tile (also a good place for deals but not as big) and Century Tile, we finally ended our quest for bathroom tile at The Tile Shop in Deerfield [update: there’s a Tile Shop…

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Our Master Bedroom: Tranquility Lodge

When we’re not chasing bats, eating our veggies, working, visiting Pete’s dad in rehab or the myriad other things that seem to constantly pop up, we’re also trying to make headway on our attic remodel so that we can move in/up. Once the hardwood floors were finished, I was itching to start painting, my favorite…

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Destination Insulation

When our attic renovation was still in the planning stages, I began researching insulation options. It made my head spin: closed cell foam, open cell foam, blown-in cellulose, venting or not venting the roof… I knew for sure that I didn’t want to use fiberglass batts. From my own research, unless the batts are installed…

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Getting the Shed Out

Well, after all the angst over the shed dormer in past weeks, I’m totally fine with the outcome. We had it constructed according to the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association’s guidelines, in that it’s located more than 20 feet away (much more, in fact) from the front of the house. While it would have been nice…

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Still Waffling

Okay, I’m happy with the color we chose for the roof. While I think the warm gray would have looked really nice and helped to ground the roof, it would have made the white soffit and gutters stand out more and I really wanted to downplay those. By clipping the gable dormer in the front…

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Invaluable Reader Comments

Thanks to everyone who commented in my last post: it’s decided! We’re going with the hip roof on the front and back dormers — or as Josh at Bungalow ’23 pointed out, a clipped gable dormer (that sounds more accurate; thanks for clarifying Josh!) — and we’re going to shingle the whole thing. I don’t…

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Roof Options and Plans

Thanks for the comments and suggestions about our roof conundrum —— as always I appreciate others’ input and ideas and I get a lot of insight from your experiences and opinions. I do agree that one of the problems with the look of our roof is how far forward the gable dormer sits in the…

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No Turning Back

We did it. We sent in a deposit to the contractor for our attic remodel. We have a couple things to iron out regarding HVAC and insulation, but we’re moving forward with the project. I’m both excited and nervous. No word on a start date yet, but I imagine it could be within the next…

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